The New York Times reported on August 11 that U.S. military officials are building a case to reduce the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan, scheduled to begin next July. The article explained that the case is geared toward countering pressure being exerted on President Obama from within his own party to proceed quickly with the process of winding down the war.

The family and girlfriend of Omar Thornton, the black man who murdered eight at a beer distributorship in Hartford, Conn., before killing himself, rushed to the media after the mass murder to accuse the company of racism. That racism, they allege, led Thornton to snap, and the media ran with story as if to say the employees of the company deserved what they got.

Ted StevensFormer Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, known for his hot temper and deep barrels of pork for his rural state, died Monday night in a plane crash. Stevens, 86, was the longest-serving Republican ever in the U.S. Senate, maintaining his membership in the upper house of Congress for an even 40 years. He was finally defeated in 2008 after a federal jury in the District of Columbia found he had concealed more than $250,000 in gifts and convicted him on seven felony counts. The verdict came just eight days before Stevens lost his bid for a seventh term to Democrat Mark Begich, then the mayor of Anchorage.

Louisiana has passed two new statutory requirements regarding abortion. One requirement would provide that women who plan to have an abortion first have an ultrasound examination. The second would prevent medical malpractice insurance for doctors who perform elective abortions (abortions in which the life of the mother is not in danger.) A group of abortion clinics have filed suit in federal court to block implementation of these new laws.

Twenty states have joined in a lawsuit in Florida asking a federal court to enjoin the implementation of Obamacare. These states are alleging irreparable harm if the federal bench does not act.